Lindale's Finch a top assistant principal

LINDALE (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A Lindale educator was honored as one of the best assistant principals in the state.

The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association named Susan Finch, of E.J. Moss Intermediate School, the District 7 Assistant Principal of the Year, according to a news release from the district.The Assistant Principal of the Year Award recognizes outstanding school administrators for their leadership and dedication to their students.

Ms. Finch has been with the Lindale Independent School District for 10 years. She began as an English and choir teacher at Lindale High School.

Ms. Finch spent four years as assistant principal of Velma Penny Elementary School.

When Lindale ISD realigned its elementary campus grade levels in 2011, she moved to E.J. Moss to assist the fourth-grade transition to the campus.
"I am blessed to work with the best staff in East Texas who comes to work every day with a positive attitude and expect the best out of their students," Ms. Finch said.

"This is an unexpected honor. East Texas has a large amount of outstanding professionals who show extreme dedication to their students and staff. I am honored to be chosen to represent them," she said.

To be eligible for the award, the nominee must have been an assistant principal and TEPSA member for two years, according to the organization's website. They also must hold a lifetime mid-management, standard mid-management or standard principal certificate.

Ms. Finch will be recognized with 19 fellow award recipients from districts across the state at the TEPSA Awards Banquet on June 12 at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin.

The campus outperformed the state average on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in 2012, according to a news release from the district in February.

In reading, 89 percent of Lindale third-graders passed the test compared to 76 percent for the state. Ninety percent of Lindale fourth-graders passed compared to 77 percent for the state. Eighty-seven percent of fifth-graders passed versus the state's 77 percent, the release states. Seventy-four percent of Lindale fourth-graders passed the writing test compared to the states 71 percent. And in science, 79 percent of Lindale fifth-graders passed the state's test.

Students will begin taking STAAR again this week.


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